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#1 outdoorgirl81

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:47 AM

Hi All,

Baby number 2, a boy child, is due in a few weeks, and we are struggling to agree on a name. A few months ago a friend suggested to my husband we call him Reggie. Background: DH's grandfather was Reginald, apparently an all around top guy and a bit of a family legend (I never met him) and DH's MN is Reginald, a lot of his friend's call him Reg or Reggie as an affectionate nickname.  When the subject came up at Christmas it was very well received by DH' family except, ironically by his father, who thinks it's far to big and old fashioned a name for a little boy. I've always thought we were naming someone for life, not just their childhood, and while "old man chic" hasn't had quite the resurgence as girl's names have, I do know of a couple of little Arthur's and Alberts out there and both work well.  My younger brother is named after his great grandfather and while his name is less "controversial" as he has grown up that family link has meant alot to him, and I do love the concept of using family names.

So except for the family history and DH's enthusiasm this would NEVER be a name which would be on my radar or under consideration, but as it would make my husband so happy, I'm doing my best to consider it fully. (I have so many gorgeous names we could use if DH would consider them. Sigh. )

I don't actually mind Reggie, but I don't think I could handle Reggie or Reg  on the birth cert, and I have been unable to find an alternative version of Reginald I prefer, if I did I think my husband would be happy to compromise. Using it as a middle name to honor his grandfather doesn't really cut it is already DH middle name.

Anyway, I really want your completely HONEST opinions (which I know I'll get!) Has anyone given their child a name they didn't love because their other half wanted it and gone on to regret it? Does anyone know any little Reggie's/ Reginald's running around out there?

Oh, and if it sounds like I'm being a martyr here or pressured into it, absolutely not, all I have to do is say no and it will be off the list, I just know how much it would mean to DH.

#2 AllymacP

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:29 AM

I'm not a fan of the name, but the background story is cool, and you'd be sure he wouldn't be 1 of 7 other Reginalds in his kindy class!!
It's a hard one to find alternatives to!! Only Regis and Regan... But Regan makes me think of a girl because of King Lear ( I'm a bit of a Shakespeare nut though).
If you aren't super keen could you use it as a middle name?

#3 Isolabella

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:36 AM

Regan and Reggie make me think girls (read too any books with Regan/Regina nn Reggie).

Edited by lsolaBella, 03 January 2013 - 09:37 AM.

#4 NunSoFeral

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

My pop and uncle were Reginald - Reg

Doesn't rock my boat.

GP's also had a Colin, a Kenneth and a Desmond (so Col, Des, Ken and Reg) - very popular back then, pretty ordinary now though (IMO)

#5 gmc88

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:39 AM

I don't like it but as I have said in other posts I know of people who I didn't like their baby names to begin with but now couldn't imagine them to be anything else.  The one upside to your choice is it will also suit him as he ages unlike other names that might be "cute" at birth but not so much as an adult.
Also like the story behind it!

#6 ~shannon~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:42 AM

Don't mind Reggie, but not big on Reginald or Reg.

Being an Archie comics fan, it reminds me of the character Reggie Mantle.

#7 What'sNext??

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:46 AM

My DH loved it.  I was on the fence with no family history.  I think it's the kind of name that will grow in you, I do actually like it now.

DH wouldn't agree to any of the boy names I liked with ds2, so in the end I went with the name at top of his list which was Albert.  I didnt mind it, but wasn't in love with it either. It's really grown on me and now I love it, but it did take several months.

Fwiw Reggie reminds me of that girl on big brother, so I would nickname Reg.

Good luck!

#8 AllymacP

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (gmc88 @ 03/01/2013, 09:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I don't like it but as I have said in other posts I know of people who I didn't like their baby names to begin with but now couldn't imagine them to be anything else.  The one upside to your choice is it will also suit him as he ages unlike other names that might be "cute" at birth but not so much as an adult.
Also like the story behind it!


#9 ms flib

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:54 AM

I know a little boy called Reggie who is a real sweetie so I like it.

Also my grandfather was Reginald and my Dad had it as a middle name.

I think it's a great name!

#10 magicalmum

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:58 AM

I know a baby called Reginald (Reg). Very cute!

#11 Gudrun

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:12 AM

I'll be honest it's not a retro I care for a lot.   I like though that it is an old name with plenty of linguistic history. I like the various European versions/variants but with that great story they seem just too different from Reginald for there to be any point considering them.

I wouldn't worry about using it (and kids and adults do like being a link in family history) since, as you point out, it is the sort of retro name currently making a comeback.

However I don't get why you can't consider using it as a MN.   You could give him your favourite name for a FN, Reginald for a MN and NN him Reggie.  

In my family my father gave me a MN that was FN of a beloved sister who had died as a child.  I decided to carry it on. So my daughter has the same MN as me and my grandaughter has it too.
My daughter loved having the link.

#12 Heylee

Posted 03 January 2013 - 11:51 AM

I like Reginald, but it is also my grandfather's name. As alternatives, Reginald is actually a variation of Reynold (as is Ronald). There is no reason the your son can have the same middle name as his dad. 5 generation of first sons in our family have the same middle name. Good luck in your choice & it is certainly a name he will grow into original.gif

#13 kerilyntaryn

Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:23 PM

what about using


#14 la di dah

Posted 03 January 2013 - 07:54 PM

I don't mind it. I've known young guys named Reggie/Reginald but they're in their 20s now. At any rate it doesn't make me think incredibly old man - in my experience its mostly men in their 50s (it had a resurgence in my hometown in that period) and then their kids named after them in their 20s.

And I like the comedian Reginald D. Hunter.

Demographically it surged in my hometown in the black community. I haven't ever known a white Reginald but I'm sure they're out there?

#15 Imaginary friend

Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

have never met any Reginalds (actually all were called Reg for short ) who were not under about 75.

It's in the 'hard core vintage' category for me - not a style I am keen on.

In your situation I'd use it as a middle name.

Edited by 4kidlets, 03 January 2013 - 08:48 PM.

#16 Ingrid the Swan

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

I dislike the name Reginald very much, sorry.

However, if it would mean so much to your DH, and you are okay with it, then I think it would be nice to use it - as you said, it's not like you are being walked over. If you really can't get used to it then maybe use it as a MN - I don't see an issue with father and son sharing a MN.

#17 ~Mintie~

Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:30 PM

If you wanted to have the nn Reggie but not use Reginald, how about Gregory? That's my brother's name and we used to call him Reggie (his nn was actually Greg but if we were hassling him out we'd call him Reggie Tounge1.gif ).

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